From the Office of Readings:
Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.
From an ancient homily for Holy Saturday
Journeying through the Triduum
Holy Saturday is an in between space. We wait. But we wait in hope.
Waiting is a common theme for refugees we work with, who wait for news of their case, for the chance to settle, for life to begin again, in all its richness.
We wait with them in hope.
I wait for you to see me
Phil allows some of the stories of those he’s met to come to mind on this day of waiting.
As you read and pray with Phil’s reflection today, and as we sit in silence awaiting the Resurrection, recall how you walked with our refugee friends as they waited to be recognised as a refugee; as they waited to be allowed to contribute, participate and give back to society; as they waited and hoped for the dignity of work; as they waited to be released from indefinite detention.